Cincinnati Bengals Held Private Workout With Gators RB/WR Chris Rainey

As we've pointed out countless times, charting prospect visits and workouts isn't an exact science. Mostly all of it relies on various reports, some so obscure making you wonder if you should run with a story or not. In the meantime obscure sources that we rarely check out also throws out a nugget we've missed in the past.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Florida Gators running back Chris Rainey took part in a private workout with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mel Kiper Jr. graded Rainey as a third-fourth round prospect, however many are drawing comparisons to former Gator Percy Harvin (not the "character" part).

"We do the exact same thing," he said. "He’s just bigger. That’s the only difference."

He also compared his versatility to Patriots WR Wes Welker. "That’s who I’m trying to be like," he said.

As a senior, Rainey led the team in rushing yards (861), receptions (31), punt return yards (106) and all-purpose yards (1,451).

ESPN's Todd McShay writes of Rainey:

Rainey's burst and change-of-direction skills are remarkable on tape, and he backed that up with a 3.93-second short shuttle at the NFL combine. His open-field running skills are undeniable with his ability to explode in any direction, then change direction in a heartbeat. Every time he gets the ball in his hands, it's a Code Red for the defense.

Scout Inc. grades Rainey as the 13th-best running back prospect, but argued for exceptional skills in the passing game.

Big hands (9 5/8 inches) for size and position. Tracks the ball well and looks it into hands. Experience at receiver and can line up in slot. Shifts gears quickly and can separate from most linebackers and safeties. Burst, second gear and ability to make defenders miss in space make him dangerous after the catch. Not big enough to anchor but willing to step up and cut the legs out from blitzing defenders when asked to help out in pass protection.

Sports Illustrated's draft information service writes of Rainey:

Rainey can be used as a running back, slot receiver or return specialist. He's an explosive athlete who will make big plays if given even the smallest amount of open space on the field. Rainey has the potential to be a dynamic ballcarrier for a creative offensive coordinator willing to design plays for his skills.

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